Live Scan Fingerprinting

Live Scan Fingerprinting

Live Scanning is an ink-less process where your fingerprint images are captured electronically in seconds and sent to the FBI in a digitized format.

LiveScan is faster and cleaner than the traditional method. Electronic fingerprinting reduces the likelihood of illegible fingerprints and will reduce the overall application processing time.

Ink Fingerprinting

Ink Fingerprinting

Ink Fingerprint cards is the traditional method of collecting fingerprints.

A person’s fingertips are rolled in ink to cover the entire fingerprint area. Then, each finger is rolled onto prepared cards from one side of the fingernail to the other. These are called rolled fingerprints.


Q: How does the electronic fingerprinting process work?
With electronic fingerprinting, there is no ink or card. Your fingerprints are “rolled” or laid flat across a glass plate and scanned.

Q: How does the ink fingerprinting process work?
Ink is applied to each of your fingers which are then “rolled” across a fingerprint card to obtain your prints.

Q: How long does electronic fingerprinting take?
Fingerprinting (liveScan) should only take approximately 5-10 minutes.

Q: How long does ink fingerprinting take?
Ink card can take 15-20 minutes.

Q: What do I need to bring with me for fingerprinting?
You need a valid state or federally issued form of identification so we can prove your identity. Identification must bear your picture and signature. A valid driver’s license, state identification card, passport or CHL is acceptable. Applicants will not be permitted to be fingerprinted without proper identification.